Occultism: Entertainment’s New Obsession

The Christian Post is reporting today a disturbing trend among young people who have become obsessed with Hollywood’s glamorous depiction of occult subjects in movies.  With the help of the internet, teenagers are looking into real occult groups, and some may be getting involved in occult practices.  The new Twilight movie is coming out and a new wave of occult fever is about to engulf the teenage crowd.

In the last decade there have been a number of highly successful books and movies such as the Harry Potter series, the Twilight “Saga,” the Underworld movies, and Avatar, which explore subjects like vampirism, Wiccan occultism, and suicide.  Most of these productions are targeting a young audience, especially teenagers whose naive minds are a sponge for new and fresh ideas about life away from truth.

I was shocked to see the existence of online vampire clubs who explore vampire practices mentioned in the CP article.  Normally, I would find this kind of report laughable if the data to back it up was not there at the click of a button.

Avatar is the highest gross income movie of all time at over $2.7 billion.  It explores and even glamorizes the subject of death and transition of the soul and mind into another body that is part of the same physical world.  It is no wonder that if one does a simple search using the terms “Avatar” and “suicide,” one finds numerous articles on a possible connection between the two.

There is definitely a connection between watching the movie and people feeling depressed, a phenomenon described as the “Avatar blues.”  People end up longing for this fantastic world after making the transition from life in this body to an avatar… ridiculous to a person who knows God and His salvation, but intriguing to a corrupt mind who does not know Him.  Again we return to the problem of the human soul who searches for the truth, and when unable to find the truth, it seeks out alternative ways to replace and suppress the truth.

This is the sad reality of our modern society’s obsession with the occult.  Paul tells us in Romans 1 that people have “exchanged the glory of the immortal God” with such idolatrous ideas about life and death.  That is why I believe that children of God, who have been bought with the precious blood of Jesus should not spend their time and money on such entertainment.

My young friends will start calling me old-fashion now.  But that’s ok, the truth needs to be told.

Perspective on Halloween

Most people view Halloween as innocent entertainment and fun, and some even make the argument that it is a “Christian” holiday by invoking the Catholic celebration of All Saints’ day.  In 835, due to Germanic and Irish influence, All Saints’ day (All Hallow day) was moved by Pope Gregory IV from May 13th to November 1st.  Therefore, on October 31st the world celebrates the All Hallow’s Eve or commonly known in modern times as Halloween.

But the truth is that Halloween symbols and rituals are deeply rooted in paganism and occultism.  The carved and lighted pumpkin, references to witchcraft and broomsticks, superstition about bats and black cats can all be traced to western european occult practices which survived in parallel with Christianity over the years.  It’s no wonder that October 31st is an important date in the Occult calendar of Druids, and witches, Satanists, and Pagans mark Halloween as one of their most “holy” days.

The Bible is very clear in asserting that children of God cannot associate themselves with the darkness found in things like Halloween rituals.  Apostolic teaching often uses antonyms such as “light” and “dark” to make the case that we are designated as holy and separated from the things that God abhors. Apostles Paul and John both make strong references to this:

Ephesians 5:8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

1 John 5:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

May God keep us in the light!